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Why do rabbits and guinea pigs feed on their own droppings? How is munching on hyena dung helpful to an African leopard tortoise? And why might you spot scientists carrying buckets of fox poop and dirty diapers into the woods? To humans, eating poop sounds disgusting, but many members of the animal kingdom regularly chow down on poop! This new Science Slam! title will engross readers--and gross them out! Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of an early elementary audience, this colorful, fact-filled book gives readers a chance not only to learn, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. With fascinating photographs and surprising, high-interest facts about a material that we don't usually read about, the book makes learning about excrement poop-sitively amazing!

 
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF051050
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series The Scoop on Poop
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781684022441, 9781684022984, 9781684023523
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 591.5
Dimensions 10 x 8
Guided Reading Level P
Lexile Reading Level 860
Author Ellen Lawrence
 

Booklist Review for Poop Eaters

This study, one of six in the certain-to-be-popular Scoop on Poop series, begins with the cecotropes that little fuzzy bunnies excrete and then eat, and ends with a truly memorable photo of pooping whales. In between, Lawrence explains why certain animals eat poop: rodents and cassowaries to give nutrients a second pass through their digestive systems, baby elephants to add helpful digestive bacteria from a parent, dung beetles to feed themselves and their offspring, and leopard tortoises to supplement a calcium-poor diet with the ground-up bones in hyena stool. Anatomical diagrams join big, bright, labeled color photos to provide cogent visuals. A closing activity (requiring only paper and colored pencils!) reinforces the theme that it’s all part of nature’s food chain. Science education of the alimentary sort, with large helpings of “gross!”

Activities for further learning
Author/Illustrator biography
Correlations
Glossary of key words
Index
Online learning supplement
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Full-color photographs